Can Cypress (CY) Keep the Earnings Streak Alive? - Analyst Blog


Cypress Semiconductor Corporation ( CY ) is set to report first-quarter 2014 results on Apr 17. Last quarter, it posted a 300% negative surprise. Let's see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Growth Factors this Past Quarter

The company's fourth-quarter loss of 4 cents per sharewas wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate loss of 1 cent. Also, revenues were down sequentially due to normal seasonal declines in all divisions. However, revenues were slightly above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $167 million.

Gross margins of 45.6% were down 300 basis points sequentially due to unfavorable mix and lower volumes.

For the first quarter, Cypress expects revenues in the range of $161.0-$168.0 million, and gross margin to be approximately 51.0%, which will vary with manufacturing product mix. Non-GAAP earnings per share are likely in the range of 5-7 cents.

Earnings Whispers?

Our proven model does not conclusively show that Cypress is likely to beat earnings this quarter. That is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1, 2 or 3 for this to happen. That is not the case here as you will see below.

Zacks ESP:   The Earnings ESP for the stock is 0.00%.

Zacks Rank: Cypresshas a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) which when combined with a 0.00% ESP makes surprise prediction difficult.

We caution against stocks with Zacks Ranks #4 and 5 (Sell-rated stocks) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions momentum.

Other Stocks to Consider

You could consider other stocks with a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1, 2 or 3 such as:

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. ( HP ), with Earnings ESP of +3.42% and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Everest Re Group Ltd. ( RE ), with Earnings ESP of +16.67% and a Zacks Rank #1.

Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd. ( AHL ), with Earnings ESP of +8.70% and a Zacks Rank #1.

ASPEN INS HLDGS (AHL): Free Stock Analysis Report

CYPRESS SEMICON (CY): Free Stock Analysis Report

HELMERICH&PAYNE (HP): Free Stock Analysis Report

EVEREST RE LTD (RE): Free Stock Analysis Report

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

This article appears in: Investing , Business , Earnings , Stocks

Referenced Stocks: AHL , CY , HP , RE

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